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Health, Home, and Happiness: Dehydrated Pears

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dehydrated Pears


Nature's candy. I'm borrowing a friend's dehydrator right now, she had tipped me off that dehydrated pears were just like candy. They are! So yummy.   They were still chewy when I took them out of the dehydrator, the apples that I've done before were crisp, like chips.  I like chewy because we don't go through them quite as fast.

I keep mine in the fridge because I've had food I thought was adequately dehydrated go bad in the pantry. 

Dehydrated fruit is great for teething babies. And it's not nearly as messy as fresh or cooked.  I cut across, then cut out the seeds only, leaving the rest of the soft core.  I wish I had thought to borrow the dehydrator when I got all these pears last summer!
Do you have a dehydrator?

I'm just borrowing one, and I'm betting my friend bought it at a garage sale. I know that the Excalibur is supposed to be the best.  I'm content with a borrowed 'Snackmaster' for now, maybe I'll consider buying my own once we have land and fruit trees.

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Anonymous Wendy (The Local Cook) said...

Yum! I never thought of dehydrating pears. I have a dehydrator, but sadly have not used it much.

February 23, 2010 at 7:06 AM  
Anonymous Jackie said...

MMMM... They look great! I have been thinking about getting a dehydrator lately, and as great as the reviews of the Excalibur are, I just can't drop that kind of money right now. Do you think the other brands work well? Are they worth it?


February 23, 2010 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

Personally, I'm going to wait until I find one at a garage sale. But I have one to borrow for the time being. I love dried fruit for snacks for the kids, so if I didn't have one to borrow I most likely would buy one.

The thing about Excaliburs, is you can do yogurt in them too, which would be neat. They hold it at a good constant temperature. I think for yogurt you need the biggest one, so that's even more $

February 23, 2010 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

My mom used to dry pears when the crop was really good and there were lots of extras. My grandparents had a pear tree which meant free fruit for us! I've never been a huge fan of canned pears but love them raw or dried. You're right, they did taste like candy! Pear sauce is also really good if you're looking for another way to use them.

I'm looking for a dehydrator at a yard sale too. :-)

February 23, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

Just to clarify, I'm not looking specifically for an Excalibur at a yard sale- I think that any brand of dehydrator is just fine for us right now :) I'd like a square one rather than round, though, since they seem to use the space better.

February 23, 2010 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Mom23wFA said...

I have an Excalibur and I LOVE it!
I had one of the round bottom motor
ones for a couple of years, but it was so slow and so inconsistent!

We use our excalibur for everything, even made dehydrated peas from frozen organics just to test
Check out this'll be convinced.

February 23, 2010 at 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Hayli @ Superior Nut said...

I found one at a garage sale and LOVE it! I saw in the user manual about dehydrating veggies and fruits and then adding water later and mashing to make your own baby food? Anybody tried that one? I'm considering it. Also, mine seems to be missing the top tray a.k.a. the "fruit tray" so all I have are slotted trays - problem for dehydrating fruit? I assume not, but not sure.

February 23, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Anonymous mountainash said...

I bought a cheap dehydrator a couple years ago and somehow melted the trays making fruit leather. Fortunately, I was able to return it. I've debated getting another one like it.

This summer I'd like to try building a solar dehydrator. We built a solar cooker last summer.

An Excalibur would be lovely and if I really think about it, I would easily make up the price in money saved on dried fruits/herbs/veggies.

February 23, 2010 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh, that sounds delicious. I might have to try to find some clearance pears and give it a shot.

February 23, 2010 at 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Memory Power said...

Yummy thats really good.

February 23, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger monkeyfish said...

Hayli - The "fruit tray" is just for making fruit leather. Something I haven't had much success with anyway (I either make it too thin and it shreds when I try to peel it off, or too thick and it takes forever to set up. And with just one tray, you can't make much at a time either.

My favorite so far is dried strawberries. An egg-slicer works great for cutting them to even thicknesses, and is a great job for little ones.

February 24, 2010 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger stacey said...

i am convinced! gotta find one! snack foods are the hardest for me with brax which is why i usually cave in that department and buy the puffs or baby rice crackers. everything else i have been able to make fresh or buy organic. i think this will really help with finger foods for all the kids!

February 24, 2010 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger stacey said...

oh, i tried to make fruit leather in my stove. i was so excited, but ended up so disappointed. i really wanted it to work so i wouldn't have to buy it.

February 24, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Us said...

I have a huge Excalibur Dehydrator and I love it, I have done yogurt and dried bananas and even tomatoes. I bought the cookbook with it and it can even do crackers. Good ole' Ebay, we found a refurbished one for cheaper, plus free shipping. Its great, although its bigger than a toaster oven, so make some room somewhere. It is by far the biggest best dehydrator out there.

I had a cheap $3 yard sale one before that and everything would congeal to it. Plus it didn't dry evenly.

February 25, 2010 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Debra said...

Dried pears ARE candy! They are delicious!!

February 27, 2010 at 2:23 AM  

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